Review #520. Ardbeg An Oa

Review #520 | /r/Scotch Review #186 – Ardbeg An Oa

The Schtick: This is a new release from Ardbeg, the king of new, strangely named releases. It is no age statement and comes with no pronunciation guide. Hint, it’s pronounced “uh no”.


Distiller: Ardbeg

Bottler: Ardbeg

ABV: 46.6% ABV

Age: NAS

Source: Sample


Nose: Brine, ash, honey, lemon lime, lemon meringue, faint custard

Taste: Medium mouthfeel, faint heat. Lemon meringue, salted caramel, smoke, ash and a nice lime brine note

Finish: Medium, some astringency here, pretty sweet overall with a nice ashy undertone

Overall: If you asked me, I’d say this is being primed as a replacement for the 10 by Ardbeg. Very similar profile, not so similar price. I don’t think it’s going to replace the Ten anytime soon, but it honestly wouldn’t shock me either if the Ten suddenly vanishes in lieu of this. The profile similarity is striking to me.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5


Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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